EDISON, NJ 00 For three days, the 12 newly appointed senior peer leaders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison moved the program’s annual opening retreat a little closer to home – right on the W+H campus!

Normally, the kickoff to the Peer Leadership program resides on the wooded property of the Fairview Lakes YMCA in upstate NJ. However, this year our team building and leadership activities were reimaged and spread across the almost 40 acres of our campus. 

Much remained the same: campfires, meaningful discussions and group meals filled with laughter. One slight change was the transition from sleeping in heated cabins to individual tents. All in all, the retreat was another wonderful experience and a great start to what will be another successful leadership program year!

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This year's W+H peer leaders are: Noah Apter of Springfield, Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel, Olivia Brown of South Plainfield, Mikayla Cole of Plainfield, Ariana Di Landro of Carteret, Kynise Dixon of North Plainfield, Leila Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Brian Machado of Scotch Plains, John Papetti III of Elizabeth, Michele Peruzzo of Westfield, Tarun Ravilla of Edison and Taliyah Williams of Rahway.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour